craft beer


Definition of craft beer

: a specialty beer produced in limited quantities : microbrew

Examples of craft beer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raffle prizes include family memberships to Geneva Park District facilities, a Morton Arboretum family membership, a craft beer set, a lottery ticket tree and more, organizers said. Beacon-news Staff,, 14 Jan. 2022 Her first episode featured brothers Pat and Dan Conway, whose Great Lakes Brewing Co. in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland has been a leader in sustainable practices, not to mention popular craft beer, since the late 1980s. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 Chad Ringler brewed beer out of his house for close to two decades, dreaming about one day opening his own brewery to bring people together over his craft beer. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Dec. 2021 Lauren recommends the non-alcoholic craft beer made by Athletic Brewing. Wired Staff, Wired, 24 Sep. 2021 But in the 1980s when, in his view, big beer companies with poor quality beers had taken over the market, Koch saw the need for a small brewer to make a high-quality craft beer. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2021 Shufelt wanted to offer up a solution in the form of an alternative: a beer that looked like a craft beer, with the colorful and cool cans, tasted like one, but had none of the alcohol. Outside Online, 10 Sep. 2021 Oktoberfest Biergarten featuring The Explorium Brewpub craft beer on tap, food vendors, live music, pumpkin bowling, hay rides, kids activities and crafts, caricature artist, face painting and resale. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve, widely considered Oregon’s original craft beer, is discontinued by its most recent owner, Molson Coors. oregonlive, 26 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of craft beer

1986, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of craft beer was in 1986

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18 Jan 2022

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“Craft beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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